Marinepits wrote:I haven't had the best luck treating Mac's allergies with any type of steroid, but pred specifically. Mac drank constantly and then peed CONSTANTLY, plus his resource guarding and bad attitude got REALLY bad.
I know some people have had good luck with steroids, so hopefully they will post about their experiences.
There are also MANY antihistamines out there that may provide some itch relief for your girl. Mac built up a tolerance for Benadryl very very quickly. He went through about 10 different ones before we found the one that works best. It's amitriptyline, also known as Elavil -- an antidepressant that just happens to be a marvelous antihistamine in dogs.
Let us know what happens with the new vet! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.....
I am one of the lucky ones that didnt' really have any problems with the prednisone. She acted teh same, (I almost wish she had gained some weight on it, shes kinda ethiopian) but i was more worried about long term side effects. It didnt' change her demeanor or anything, I was just sick of loading and tapering and trying again. Back and forth. No antihistamines did a thing for her, and I was worried she's begin to get resistant to certain antibiotics too. This was three years of controlling with antihistamines otc and RX then to steroids, injections and pills, and shampoos, and sprays, and supplements. The atopica seems to be the best so far, but i'm told she was a serious case. It wasn't seasonal, it was year round, and she would get raw, hot spots and hives every time.